Work Incentives Planning and Assistance (WIPA)

The Hostos CUNY Work Incentives Planning and Assistance Program (WIPA) is a Social Security Administration (SSA) funded program designed to provide accurate information and guidance to SSA beneficiaries with a disability, who want to work and need to know how employment will affect their Social Security and health benefits.

The objective of the program is to provide in-depth counseling to individuals receiving Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and/or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) between the ages of 14 and full retirement age, living in the boroughs of Manhattan and the Bronx, and who are working, actively seeking employment or attending an educational/vocational program on how to effectively use SSA work incentives to begin or return work.

Social Security has many work incentives designed to fit your individual situation and to help you succeed! Work incentives make it possible for you to explore work while still receiving benefits. They are designed to make it easier for people with disabilities to work and still receive medical benefits. In some cases, you may be able to keep some or all of your benefits during your transition period.

Earning a living through employment is not something everyone can do, but it may be right for you. Take the time to learn about the various employment services and supports Social Security offers beneficiaries with disabilities through the Ticket to Work Program.

Whether you are just considering working, ready to find a service provider to help you in your work goals, or are looking for a job, the Ticket to Work Program can connect you with the right mix of free employment support services from approved service providers that will best fit your individual needs.

The Ticket to Work program and SSA Work Incentives help you to keep your benefits while you explore employment, receive educational or vocational training and gain work experience. Your cash benefits and Medicaid or Medicare often continue throughout your transition to work.

If you are working or are ready to start working:
Call the Ticket to Work Help Line
1-866-968-7842 (V) or 1-866-833-2967 (TTY)
Monday – Friday, 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM
or Call Hostos CUNY WIPA 1-800-739-0118